Madame d’Esperance - Shadow Land - 27 Out of body [continued]
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
SHADOW LAND OR LIGHT FROM THE OTHER SIDE by Elisabeth d’Esperance(1897)
….. the fear of the misty world gave place to a lively sympathy and interest, I knew that it was the world in which the incidents of the dream-life were enacted, but I wondered how it was that objects were so different. These rocks, these seas which had before seemed so solid, so unfathomable were only vapours or clouds, through which I passed without resistance. They offered no opposition to my progress. I passed as easily as an arrow through the clouds, and came in closer contact with the human spirits I had seen from afar.
Curiously they were unconscious of my nearness. They passed me by without seeing me; they took no notice of my friendly advances; they seemed each intent on his own thoughts which revolved round and round the central point-the ego of each individuality; never losing sight of it, all striving one with the other for the purpose of increasing its importance.
How blindly, how mistakenly they were working, these strugglers, driven by that, to them, mysterious force, to develop, to improve, to become greater and more excellent, to rise above the level of their surroundings. They obeyed the instinct, but shutting their eyes to the light, they laboured blindly and gropingly, accumulating stores which they believed would raise them above their fellows, but they buried themselves under them instead.
They obeyed the instinct which impelled them onward to develop themselves into something better and greater than before; yet they were without the knowledge of how to apply their possessions to their advantage and the furtherance of their desires. They worked with energy as though the dream-life were the whole-the Alpha and Omega-of existence, yet knowing that dissolution would unquestionably overtake them.
Oh! if they could only see the light through which I saw, and know what this great impulse, this instinct meant, and how they misunderstood it, they would hasten to repair the mistakes they were committing. They believed in death yet worked as though they did not.